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Contraband (1980)

Luca il contrabbandiere (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 8 August 1980 (Italy)
Cigarette smugglers in Naples run into problems with cocaine operations being set up by a rival smuggler. Full of violence, including a women's face being burned off with a blow torch and a... See full summary »

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Ettore Sanzò (story) (as Ettore Sanzó), Gianni De Chiara (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabio Testi ... Luca Di Angelo
Ivana Monti Ivana Monti ... Adele Di Angelo
Marcel Bozzuffi ... The Marsigliese - Francois Jacois
Saverio Marconi Saverio Marconi ... Luigi Perlante
Enrico Maisto Enrico Maisto ... Mickey Di Angelo
Ferdinando Murolo Ferdinando Murolo ... Scherino
Fabrizio Jovine ... Chief of Police
Daniele Dublino ... Prosecutor
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Don Morrone
Giordano Falzoni Giordano Falzoni ... Charlie
Giulio Farnese Giulio Farnese ... Alfredo
Ofelia Meyer Ofelia Meyer ... Ingrid
Tommaso Palladino Tommaso Palladino ... Capece
Venantino Venantini ... Captain Tarantino
Ajita Wilson ... Luisa
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Cigarette smugglers in Naples run into problems with cocaine operations being set up by a rival smuggler. Full of violence, including a women's face being burned off with a blow torch and a graphic rape scene. Written by Humberto Amador

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 August 1980 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Ingrid is first seen she clearly has red nail varnish, but when she reaches into her underwear for the drug lipstick, she has clear nail varnish. See more »

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The Dutch DVD released by Italian Shock as The Smuggler is taken from a censored Italian print with the onscreen title Luca Il Contrabandiere. Some of the gore shots are trimmed and it is a very dark transfer. This is most apparent when Mickey is shot by a machine gun until he falls off the cliff, and when Adele is abused by the gangsters. See more »

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Gruesome Crime Flick From The Godfather Of Gore

Although no highlight of the Italian Crime genre, Lucio Fulci's "Luca Il Contrabbandiere" aka "Contraband" is a rough, tough-minded and ultra-violent Gangster flick that certainly delivers, especially for a Fulci fan. Lucio Fulci is widely renowned as the 'Godfather Of Gore', and "Contraband" is a movie that is certainly not going to deprive him of this well-deserved reputation. Although the plot may not be as original as it was the case with many other of the (generally violent) Italian Crime Thrillers of the 70s and early 80s, "Contraband" scores in means of roughness, intransigence and gruesome, gory violence.

Luca Di Angelo (Fabio Testi) and many of his friends make a living as cigarette smugglers in Naples. After their refusal to deal with drugs instead of cigarettes, ruthless drug dealers, amongst them a sadistic gangster from Marseille start to target the cigarette smugglers' families. Luca, however, is not the kind of man who gives in to threats...

Fabio Testi, who had already worked with Lucio Fulci in "Four Of The Apocalypse" in 1975 (aside Tomas Milian and Lynne Frederick), delivers a good leading performance as Luca, and Marcel Bozzuffi is wonderfully evil in his role of the villain. I also found several of the supporting actors, such as Guido Alberti (who only has a very small role) very good. Some other supporting cast members deliver rather bad performances. The violence is pretty brutal and includes several very nasty scenes of torture and sexual violence. There are some scenes that don't really fit in, such as some cheesy looking and kitschy slow-mo sequences of horses at a racecourse, and the music is sometimes out of place, but all in all, the movie's qualities come up for its flaws. "Contraband" is certainly no highlight of Italian crime cinema, but a brutal and uncompromising flick that highly entertains. Fans of Lucio Fulci and Crime thrillers of the rough kind should be pleased.


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